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A plant-based diet can offer protection against COVID-19, according to an infectious disease specialist.

COVID-19 – also known as the coronavirus – is widely understood to have originated from a wet market in Wuhan, China, at the end of 2019. Since then it has spread globally, killing more than 133,000 people at the time of writing.

Infectious disease expert

Now plant-based doctor, Dr. Michael Greger, who has a background in infectious disease, has spoken exclusively to Plant Based News about the pandemic, and how a plant-based diet can play a preventative role.

An internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues, Dr. Greger is the author of Bird Flu: A Virus Of Our Own Hatching, which looks at infectious diseases and human’s role in them – as well as how we can protect ourselves.

Plant-based diet and coronavirus

“A plant-based diet offers protection against COVID-19 because we have so much lower rates of the pre-existing conditions that increase your risk,” he told PBN.

“Hypertension, high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes. These are the diseases that are dramatically lower among those who eat a healthy, whole food, plant-based diet.”

Online conference

Dr. Greger will be speaking at a free online health conference later this month.

The Annual Food Revolution Summit, which runs from April 25 – May 3, brings together a host of top health experts who will discuss diet and health issues.

According to the founders, attendees will ‘get the most up-to-date research and information about food, nutrition, disease prevention, immune health, and environmental stewardship’.

You can find out more about the FREE summit, and sign up for your place, here

Klaus Mitchell

Klaus Mitchell launched Plant Based News in 2015 whilst studying an MSc in ‘Genetics of Human Disease’ at University College London. He has had a number of writing roles, including authoring an article published in the journal of Public Health Nutrition, which explored the effect of diet on various health markers. After founding the company in 2017 after joining forces with Robbie Lockie the year before, PBN now reaches over 70 million impressions each month across multiple platforms. More recently, he helped as script editor on Netflix documentary Seaspiracy and among his day to day management...